This article is intended for partners and customers who run DRACOON on their own servers (on-premises).
It is not relevant for DRACOON cloud customers.
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Planned new features and changes in the next release of DRACOON
The next release of DRACOON for on-premises customers will be released under the name DRACOON Server, will be the successor to the current release LTS 2019-1, and will include numerous significant new features and changes:
The new DRACOON Web App
In the next DRACOON release, the new DRACOON Web App (version 5) will replace the previous DRACOON Web App (version 4). The new web app was developed from scratch and is based on the latest web technologies. It offers powerful new features, is easier to use, faster, and fully responsive—and can therefore also be used on mobile devices for the first time. The development of the new web app was based on lots of feedback from our customers, which we received about the previous web app as well as during the beta test of the new web app.
The new DRACOON Web App has been available on the DRACOON cloud since December 2019. Since then, we have constantly improved and optimized it. As a result, with the next DRACOON release, you will receive a mature version of the new web app that has proven its reliability on the DRACOON cloud with hundreds of thousands of users for months of daily use.
Many new features in the new web app such as file comments, uploads in the background, profile pictures, and shares that can be edited after creation
The new web app also offers a large variety of new features: For example, users can add comments to files, files are uploaded in the background and are no longer blocking, users get a "face" through profile pictures, already created shares can be changed anytime without affecting the existing share link, and much more.
With the next release, DRACOON will offer powerful new notifications: Users can, for example, be notified by email when new files are added to a data room or as they are granted access to another data room. Users choose on their own which notifications they want.
Improved emails with company logo and colors
Emails sent by DRACOON (e.g. for initial login, notifications, or password resets) are now HTML-based and therefore more concise and user-friendly. They use custom elements such as company logo, specific colors, and mail signature and thus reflect the individual branding of the respective company.
Completely self-administered branding
Starting with the next DRACOON release, customers will be able to manage the branding for DRACOON completely on their own. They will no longer have to rely on the support of the DRACOON team to adjust the colors of the web app or change the mail signature, for example. Changes made to the mail signature will become active immediately.
S3 direct upload
If S3 storage is connected to DRACOON, the so-called S3 direct upload will be supported in the next DRACOON release. This means that when uploading to DRACOON, files are immediately transferred to the S3 storage and no longer have to take a detour to the DRACOON storage. With S3 direct upload, uploads can be faster and cause less traffic.
DRACOON for Windows/Mac, DRACOON for iOS, and DRACOON for Android as separate versions for on-premises customers
The DRACOON client "DRACOON for Outlook" was already offered in a special version for users of the DRACOON version for on-premises customers. With the next release of DRACOON, more clients will follow: In the future, dedicated variants of DRACOON for Windows/Mac, DRACOON for iOS, and DRACOON for Android will be released for on-premises customers, ensuring long-term compatibility of those clients with the next release of DRACOON.
How to prepare for the next release
At the moment, we recommend the following steps to prepare for the next release of DRACOON:
This article should give you a first overview of the planned next release of DRACOON for on-premises customers and should help you prepare for its release.
If you have any questions about the next DRACOON release, please feel free to contact us.
We are pleased to accompany you on the way to this exciting new release.